Electricity that powered the Conway Electric Street Railway was generated by large 50-foot by 132-foot dam and reservoir located 0.5 mile upstream on the South River. A penstock from the reservoir supplied water to a powerhouse turbine generator below the dam. Originally built of timber in 1897 and later replaced with concrete in 1910, today the dam remains totally silted in, but supplies a very picturesque over-flow. Access is by parking on Conway Station Road and descending 0.1 mile down a steep set of railway tiers stairs (125 steps) to the brink of the dam, one can get further below the dam where cascades and remnants of the penstock may be seen. Continuing following South River downstream below the dam within 100-yards an impressive of cascades empties into a large pool. Courtesy of Christy Butler Berkshire Destinations get the book! Old photo Jim Moore

Part 2 South River State Forest….Flash Hike Saturday at Conway State Forest. Paulette showed us the trails here, grab the guide from www.townofconway.com to visit the landmarks.

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